Sunday, January 17, 2010

2010 WSOP Main Event Prizes Available Through Titan Poker World Challenge

Titan Poker is interested in any big major poker tournament that usually holds a large European continent. The Main Event at the World Series of Poker certainly falls under that banner and that is why Titan Poker is getting a jump on the competition by offering five prize packages for the 2010 WSOP in this early series of promotional tournaments.

It’s called the Titan Poker World Challenge and it will see the best from each country face off against each other until only five people remain. Those five, ostensibly the cream of the Titan Poker crop, will then represent Titan Poker as members of the team that they send to the 2010 Main Event.

The tournaments have already started, but due to the large number of them it is still possible for you to get in on the action and show the world what kind of skill you have. They are broken down based on geography and that means that people from the same country and the same region will face off against each other multiple times in order to see who rises to the top. In total, there are 18 weeks of tournaments to play, each of which will contribute to the overall leader board that Titan Poker will have for each country.

The winner of each region and country at the end of those 18 weeks will then go through a final 8-round tournament flurry at which point the top five players will become readily apparent. Those five players will then receive $13,000 prize packages to go to the 2010 WSOP. Those packages include airfare and accommodations in Las Vegas as well as the $10,000 Main Event buy-in.

Because of the gruelling nature of this tournament and the fact that it lasts more than 18 weeks, we won’t know who these five players are until April. If you want to be one of them however, you need to get started now. After all, you can’t claim to be the best in your country unless you can prove it over an extended period of time.

Monday, January 11, 2010

All You Wanted To Know About High Stakes Poker

High Stakes Poker is a television program involving high stakes of cash in the poker game. The cable TV network of GSN broadcasts this novel program across the US. The type of poker game played on this show is the no limit Texas hold ‘em kind and as of now, the television series has finished the fifth season.

A brief history
The very first season of this high profile game of high stakes poker was taped in Las Vegas in the Golden Nugget. The show was first broadcast during January of 2006 and comprised 13 episodes. The show was hosted by the comedian turned poker professional Gabriel Kaplan and A.J. Benza. The second season of high stakes poker comprised more episodes 16 in number and was taped at the exotic Palms. The third season was filmed inside South Point Casino and started being broadcast on January 15th of 2007. There were a couple of new poker players included in the third season and these included Phil Ivey, Jamie Gold, Patrik Antonius, Chris Ferguson, David Benyamine, Paul Wasicka, Brian Townsend etc. Of course, the poker players of the previous seasons were also there in the third season.

The best hands
The season five of high stakes poker showed some really neat hands being played amongst the poker players. One such poker player by the name of Tom Dwan earned a massive pot totalling 919,600 USD against Barry Greenstein. Whilst earlier seasons such as the season 2 where Gus Hansen got 575,700 USD along with four different fives beating Daniel Negreanu, were historic moments on the show. During the episode aired on 12th November of 2007, Patrik Antonius won a massive pot of 743,800 USD against Jamie Gold. One of the biggest pots in the show high stakes poker has to be the one between Antonius and the other poker player Sammy Farha. This pot totalled 998,800 USD and was aired on 26th November of 2007. Antonius decided to go all in once the flop was over and Farha decided to call. Whilst the odds were quite even, Antonius won.

Successful bluffs
High stakes poker has seen many instances of bluffing, some amasing and some gone terribly wrong. The most successful bluff happened during the third season of the poker show and happened with Brad Booth bluffing Phil Ivey with King of Hearts and King of Diamonds. The flop soon followed and Ivey soon bet followed by Booth raising to 300,000 USD. This was when Ivey folded and Brad won. However, in the series of bluffs, which happened off and on in the high stakes poker shows, the most unsuccessful one happened between two amateurs Brian Brandon and Antonio Salorio. This bluff went all the way to raised flop with 7-2o as well as K-K in succession. As Brandon flopped the best hand, Salorio continued betting and lost over a 100,000 USD and finally gave up.

High stakes poker is an amasing poker show which every poker enthusiast should watch.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

EPT Berlin Created for 2010

Typically, the European Poker Tour (EPT) has a stop in Dortmund where many of the best German poker players in the world take a shot at a large pot of Euros. This year however, in an effort to boost the number of entrants on the German leg of the EPT, the organizers have instead opted to move the tournament from Dortmund to the country’s capital in Berlin in the hopes that this will drum up more interest.

Another thing that might drum up interest for the new EPT Berlin event is the prize pool. For the first time on the German leg of the tour, a whopping grand prize of EUR 1 million is guaranteed to the person that wins the tournament. This will be good news for Sandra Naujoks, a member of Team Poker Stars Germany and the defending champion of the EPT Dortmund tournament that took place last year. She won over EUR 900,000 for her efforts and this year will get a chance to improve on that cash.

Joining Sandra on the EPT Berlin will be the rest of Team Poker Stars Germany as well as a few other players that frequent the online halls of that hallowed online poker site. In addition to poker professionals, famous celebrities like Boris Becker and Jan Heitmann are scheduled to make an appearance at the tournament.

Last year, the EPT Dortmund event was blessed by 667 players entering the tournament. This year, even with a somewhat hefty entry fee of EUR 5000 + EUR 300, it is expected that the EPT Berlin event will draw many more players. This is indeed what the organizers were hoping for when they made the switch, but the larger field also means that in order to successfully defend her title and get the higher cash prize, Naujoks will have to wade through a field likely much larger than the one she defeated at Dortmund in 2009.

The tournament will begin on March 2nd, 2010 and will run through to March 7th, 2010. Satellites for entry into the tournament are already available at various online poker sites.